HVAC Professional: 5 Key Things to Look for in a HVAC Contractor

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In 2018, more than 5.34 million homes found new owners.

Many of those were first-time homebuyers.

Though exciting, getting out of the rental market means having to find a trustworthy and reliable HVAC professional to help you keep your heating and cooling system working well. If you’re like most people, you’re probably not sure where to start.

Here are the most important things to look for when choosing a contractor.

1. Current Business License and Insurance

All reputable HVAC contractors will have a current license to work in your city.

In addition to the business license, the contractor should also have valid insurance to protect you from liability while they’re working on your property.

Contractors that don’t have a license or a valid insurance policy could end up costing you thousands down the line. And if anything gets damaged by their work, you’ll have to pay the full cost of the repairs out-of-pocket.

2. Great References

Experienced HVAC contractors have a long list of clients who are willing to discuss their experiences.

When choosing an HVAC professional, ask for references and follow up with them.

If the people you speak with are still happy with their work, you’ll likely have the same experience. But if multiple references bring up the same complaints, keep looking.

3. Free Home Inspections

Without coming to your home and inspecting your system and its components, the contractor won’t know for sure what’s going on.

That said, they should never charge for a home inspection. If a contractor tells you that you have to pay for them to assess the condition of your system, keep looking.

It’s a sure-fire sign of a dishonest contractor just out to make a fast buck.

4. Familiarity with Your Type of HVAC System

There are dozens of different types of HVAC systems on the market and even more that have gotten discontinued over the years.

Each type of system requires different types of repairs and maintenance.

Before you hire a contractor, make sure they’re comfortable working on your HVAC system. If they’re not, you’ll want to keep looking. Otherwise, the repairs could end up doing more damage than good.

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5. Written Estimates

The best HVAC professionals provide you with written estimates before doing any work on your system.

This helps you budget for repairs and gives you a chance to compare the cost with several contractors.

Before you agree to work with a contractor, make sure they give you a detailed written estimate. If you have questions about their quotes or the work they need to do, make sure they explain it in detail.

If a contractor doesn’t offer written estimates, keep looking. Without one, you have no way of knowing how much they’ll charge for their services.

Finding a Great HVAC Professional Is Easier Than You Think

The right HVAC professional will help you keep your system running efficiently for years to come.

Finding the right contractor for your needs and budget shouldn’t be difficult.

Go with your gut and choose a contractor you feel comfortable working with.

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